KILLEEN (July 27, 2013) -- The delivery dates may all be different, but 30 moms-to-be shared a common bond on Saturday. They were all invited to a baby shower.
The American Legion Auxiliary was able to have training for all of our 293 units across Texas," said Marty Peters, ALA Member. One of their programs called National Security, which supports the military and their families, was brought up and a baby shower came to mind.
Peters coordinated with Fort Hood Family Readiness Groups and asked them to have women send them emails if they were "pregnant and wanted to be part of the party." "We did it because it was fun, it's part of our program, we love our military, and we want to do anything we can to support them."
Many of the pregnant soldiers and military spouses live far away from home and don't have family to hold a baby shower for them, said Peters. "We hope we become their family on site." There are 20,000 members throughout the Texas ALA chapters.
Many of them donated money and items for the shower held for the women. When guests arrived, they entered drawings and had a flower pined on their chest. They were then given a hand made blanket, toys for the baby and beanie caps. And those were just the party favors.
Against the wall were wrapped and bagged gifts with diapers, toiletry items and even car seats to keep baby safe.
Several games were played during the shower. Women had to try assorted baby foods and guess the ingredient. They also looked at assorted diapers to figure out which melted candy bar was in each one.
There were baby jumble word games and a chance to guess how many jelly beans were in a baby bottle.
"The games are a lot of fun and I think the girls are having a good time playing the games while they wait for the rest of the festivities to start," said Sarah Bennett, a soldier and mom-to-be.
"I have really enjoyed meeting new people and have never been to the ALA before, so this is new for me." Bennett is a newlywed and said that this has been a whirlwind year. "Texas is not our home, but it feels like home when we are able to do things like this."